"The Big Brass Ring"

The Big Brass Ring (1999) was a very earl project, done before I was writing reviews. I wish I had captured my thoughts from the original viewing. Scoopy write a lengthy review
where he commented that it was talky and had no pace, but that he liked it because it was so literate. The screenplay was an adaptation of an Orson Welles script. It was moved from Africa and the distant past to a Missouri governor's race at the turn of the century. Two independents are well in the lead. One of them has a secret that could cost him the election, and the man who raised him, and participated in the event that could cost him everything surfaces, and his secret is in danger of being made public.

The candidate is played by WIlliam Hurt. Irčne Jacob plays a reporter trying to make a name for herself at her station, whom the old man leaks the secret too. She shows breasts and buns in an after sex scene with Hurt. We have complete nudity from Sara Melson mostly shown in a deleted scene, and two naked strippers playing backgammon show breasts and bush. IMDb readers have this at 5.3 of 10. Many Welles scholars complained that it was not very Welles-like. In fact, the story was very Welles-like, and the writers included many Welles homages, and even used some Welles camera angles. In the commentary, they belabor the point that they were paying homage to Welles the writer, not Welles the director. George Hickenlooper (director/co-writer) and Oja Kodar (co-writer) obviously stuffed every nook and cranny of this film with symbolism, literary devices, verbatim elements from the Welles script, and many homages to Welles. For me, they created a masterpiece that is a long, boring watch. I don't necessarily need pace in a story, but, absent pace, I need to be able to relate strongly to one of the characters, and found nobody in the film to supply that need. This is a C. If you like slow paced, talky literate films, you might enjoy this one.

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  • Irčne Jacob (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Sara Melson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Strippers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

    "Pleasures of a Woman"

    Pleasures of a Woman (1974) is a classic Nick Phillips film. Let's review what that means,

    1) Made under an assumed name ... Clem Moser in this case
    2) Short ... 60 minutes
    3) Shot and set in San Francisco or Europe ... San Francisco this time.
    4) Jazz quartet for score.
    5) No Dialogue. Story told by narrator in voice-over.
    6) Naked women doing girl/girl and some girl/guy. In this case, Uschi Digard, Lynn Harris and un unnamed Blonde.
    7) Simple plot. Lynn Harris, a student, comes to the funeral of her uncle, and ends up staying with her uncles third wife, Uschi. She realizes early on that Uschi wants to seduce her. She visits an old male lover for a quick role in the hay, then lets Uschi seduce her. Finally, Uschi turns her on to pills, and she goes off the deep end.
    8) Phillips films usually have a moral ending, in this case a decent into madness caused by lesbianism and drugs.

    Phillips saved every dime he could, never padded his films to get to 90 minutes, and made very sure he would not get arrested. This is not an especially interesting story, but his never were. It is, however, the best quality images of Uschi I have yet seen. The genre is 70s grindhouse, and this is a typical effort, elevated to importance by the presence of Uschi. C+, as a grindhouse softcore.

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  • Lynn Harris (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Uschi Digard (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


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    .avi's from Shiloh.

    .wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.



    See Tuna's section for many still captures


    Amy Brenneman


    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the vids says the video codec:  DivX Decoder Filter & audio codec:  Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with. When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG Layer-3.  A friend of mine told me about compressing the audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
    When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp & asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost too much to buy in my opinion.

    A reader says:

    You mentioned that some users were having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool designed to determine what codec is needed for a video. Hope this is useful to you or your users.

    Scoop says:

    I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9. The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly larger, and slightly lower quality.

    One more .avi of Amber Smith hosing herself down in a scene from "Amber Smith R.A.W."

    Crimson Ghost
    Today we have part one of the Ghost's look at the Skinemax flick "Desire and Deception" (2001).

    • Adult actress Felony. Mostly just toplessness, but brief views of the other B's are found in the pseudo sex .wmvs.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    • Felony .wmvs (1, 2, 3)

    • Gina Ryder, another adult actress "slumming it" on Skinemax. Mostly robo-hooters here, plus a little bit of bum these two pseudo-sex scenes.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    • Gina Ryder .wmvs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    • Holly Sampson probably better known to Skinemax views as the new "Emmanuelle". Here she is proudly showing off all 3 B's
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    • Holly Sampson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    You had to suspend belief when watching Trapped but we do see Charlize Theron in her underwear with pokies to match. Courtney Love is also in her underwear, but there is nothing unusual in this.

    • Charlize Theron (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Courtney Love (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    "Fly Fishing"
    Lots of nice nakedness in the British movie Fly Fishing by Frances Barber and Kate Ashfield, who play a mother and daughter both unknowingly bedding the same man.

    • Frances Barber (1, 2, 3)
    • Kate Ashfield (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    No nudity in the teen flick Swimfan. However, Erika Christensen is down to her underwear and Shiri Appleby shows some pokies.

    • Erika Christensen (1, 2, 3)
    • Shiri Appleby (1, 2)

    "Shooting Stars"
    Julianne Christie shows some brief nipple when she goes skinny dipping and another actress takes her blouse off as she auditions for a movie.

    "One Way Out"
    Everything but bush is shown by Guylain St-Onge in One Way Out.

    • Guylain St-Onge (1, 2, 3, 4)

    "Erotic Tales - Dream a Little Dream of Me"
    The Erotic Tales series of short movies has some excellent naked ladies and Dream a Little Dream of Me is no exception. Kristieanne Travers is some bloke's naked dream and Vivi Koka is his non-nude real-life wife.

    "The Cat's Meow"
    We see a topless Chiara Schoras in The Cat's Meow and a near-naked Claudia Harrison.

    "Play It As It Lays"
    Finishing with an oldie, We see some pokies by Tuesday Weld, and maybe a bit more, in Play It As It Lays.

    First from Vejiita...scenes from the movie "El Otro Lado de la Cama" aka "The Other Side of the Bed" (2003).
    • The beautiful Spanish actress Paz Vega goes topless. (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Natalia Verbeke briefly bares all 3 B's (1, 2, 3)

    Next up, Carla Hidalgo goes topless in scenes from her first movie, "Brácula. Condemor II" (1997).

    • Carla Hidalgo (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Elizabeth Hurley Liz wearing a dress that reveals a little bit of see-thru nipplage.

    Ariane Sommer An excellent nip-slip from the German actress.

    Fernanda Tavares The Brazilian supermodel exposing a breast on the runway.